My Favourite Materials – Part 3 Painting Tools

It’s no secret that at Mixed Media Arts we support everyone who has an inner need to create. We want to use materials that we have at hand, around the home as much as possible, or are fairly cheap and easy to buy, as compared to corporate lines of specialty papers and embellishments where you need to buy something from the entire range as the colours don’t match with anything else. It can be very frustrating.

This post will focus on the tools I have around my desk when painting and creating backgrounds.

Part 3 – Painting Tools

Adding colour using cheap paints is a great way to add colour and mood to your mixed media piece. But I don’t use expensive tools; cheap paint brushes will be fine as you are starting out. Rinse them well before using them, to get any stiffness out of the bristles and then dry them on an old cloth (that can become your painting cloth) to remove any loose brush hairs.

mixed media art painting can use a variety of tools

A paint water pot can be a plastic container or reused jar; it needs to be solid, so that won’t tip over too easily when paint brushes are in them. Also don’t over fill them with water – it is better to change the water over frequently. Make sure you have a cloth on hand for water spillage (take care not to have your water pot and cup of coffee too close together in case you try to put your paint brush into your coffee!)

Another tool I use for adding paint layers is old credit card or store cards, use for paint scraping.

mixed media paint scraping

This technique was used in creating many of the backgrounds I have posted across the site, including the small canvas from the ephemera kit.

small mixed media art canvasmixed media art canvas

And if I need a paint pallet, which I don’t use very often, I re-use a polystyrene meat or vegetable tray. These can be reused further, as long as you take the time to wash them out after you have finished with them.  More often that not, I won’t use a paint pallet; I will mix the paints or add water directly onto the artwork or canvas, but this method isn’t for the faint hearted, only the lazy!

I hope this encourages you to have look further around your art area and see what else you have lying around that you can use.

Happy creating!

Here are other materials that I like:

My Favourite Materials – Part 1 Cardboard

My Favourite Materials – Part 2 Text Ephemera

My Favourite Mixed-Media Materials – Part 4 Plastic Sheeting

My Favourite Materials – Part 5 Embellishments




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MMAT02 – Credit Card Painting Technique

Mixed Media Art Technique 02 was all about credit card painting and here is what I did
with the completed background.

As I wanted to credit card painting and the brilliant colours to show through, I chose to decorate
the background with simple stamping, using black ink. My preference is to use
Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black for this project as it is a juicy inkpad, which is good for the more
solid designs and also because it will dry on most surfaces. As I has a thin coating of metallic gold
paint as the top layer, I needed to use an ink that would dry on the non-porous surface. I chose a
paisley design with stamps by See-Ds and used different sizes to cover my background.

Once dry, I cut up the sheet to make a simple birthday card, an ATC and mini handmade book covers (still to be turned into a book) And I have still got a little left over. Image on ATC from Art-e-zine – my favourite place to go for vintage images.

I hope this inspires you to get creating.

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The credit card painting technique is great for getting colour onto lots of paper fairly quickly,
which makes it an ideal technique for large swaps or large journal pages.


Happy Creating!




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New Technique sheet out soon!

The Mixed Media Arts team have been busy with credit card painting today.  The detailed technique sheets are now available here ~ Mixed Media Technique Sheets.


Hope you have had a creative day!


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